These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Missouri For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in Missouri where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Missouri, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Missouri is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Show Me State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 119 places in Missouri with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Ballwin (Photos)
- Savannah (Photos)
- Town And Country
- Pleasant Hill
- Parkville (Photos)
- Carl Junction
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Missouri
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 26 crimes committed in Greenwood which had a reported population of 5,641. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00461 which translates into a 1 in 217 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 119 places in Missouri to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 119 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Missouri".
The safest city, based on population, is Greenwood. The most dangerous? Springfield, where residents had a 1 in 10 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
1. GreenwoodPopulation: 5,641 Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 12) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 443 (1st safest)
Taking the crown as the safest city in Missouri for 2018 is Greenwood -- a classic example of everything that makes Missouri great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 225.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 5,641 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
2. CottlevillePopulation: 5,151 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 660 (2nd safest)
If you're thinking of moving to Missouri and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Cottleville -- the 2nd safest in the Show Me State.
Cottleville is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 151.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Cottleville.
Population: 30,609Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (8th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 771 (4th safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Ballwin ranks as the 3rd safest city in Missouri.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Ballwin.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
4. GlendalePopulation: 5,928 Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 7) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,079 (7th safest) You might be surprised to find Glendale this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Glendale is surpised.
This gem of a place in the Show Me State boasts the 7th best property crime rate and 6th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Population: 8,612Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (10th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,068 (6th safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Ladue, MO.
You get what you pay for in Ladue -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 2,153 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Ladue residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Ladue in heartbeat.
Population: 5,115Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 58 (14th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 742 (3rd safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Savannah, the 6th safest city in Missouri.
The town of some 5,115 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Savannah a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Savannah?
7. Town And Country
Population: 11,158Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (7th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,218 (13th safest)
Town And Country is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Missouri.
It has 1 in 82.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 2,789 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Missouri.
8. Pleasant HillPopulation: 8,320 Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,526 (21st safest)
The eighth safest city in Missouri for 2018 goes to Pleasant Hill. Let's see why.
There were only 1 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 127 property crimes to boot.
Population: 6,450Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 12) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 31 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,503 (20th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Missouri, may we present Parkville as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Missouri, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
97 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 20th best in Missouri on a rate basis.
10. Carl JunctionPopulation: 7,780 Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,632 (26th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Carl Junction.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Carl Junction residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 0 violent crimes and 127 property crimes in Carl Junction; that's really good for a place of 7,780 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In Missouri
Looking at the data, you can tell that Greenwood is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Missouri residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.Most dangerous cities in Missouri:3rd Most Dangerous: St. Louis 2nd Most Dangerous: Bridgeton Most Dangerous: Springfield
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Missouri For 2018
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